Amboseli and the Tanzanian border

Directly south of Nairobi, the southern part of Kenya is dominated by views of Africa's tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro, with its snow-capped peak. It's best appreciated from the Amboseli National Park, where preferably a few accommodating elephants will amble across the foreground when you take a photo. A steady stream of safari vehicles ply the Nairobi-Namanga road on their way to either Amboseli or Arusha in Tanzania, which is the springboard town for Tanzania's northern circuit parks including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Many people on upmarket holidays may visit parks in both southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, and for independent budget travellers, the journey from Nairobi to Arusha can be easily done by public transport or there are shuttle services. Once in Arusha, camping and lodge safaris to the northern parks can be arranged; the cheapest and most popular being a three-day safari with one night in the Serengeti and one night near the Ngorongoro Crater. Another option is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and climbs can be organized in Moshi, 88 km to the east of Arusha. Remember you do not need to buy another visa on your return to Kenya if you have only been to Tanzania.

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